History of the Church

The history of the church can be traced back to 1784 when early meetings took place in a member’s house. This quickly progressed to meeting in a barn for worship, and in 1815 – over 30 years after the first meetings – members were able to complete the building of a Chapel in the town.

 

The history of the church can be traced back to 1784 when early meetings took place in a member’s house. This quickly progressed to meeting in a barn for worship, and in 1815 – over 30 years after the first meetings – members were able to complete the building of a Chapel in the town.

Throughout the nineteenth century the building was altered and improved to serve the growing membership. This included enlarging the vestry, adding a porch and replacing the organ.

A new chapel was built in 1905, taking the church into the twentieth century in modern new premises. During both world wars the church was used to maximum benefit of the local community as a Red Cross Hospital.

A complete refurbishment took place in 1997 following a fire the year before. A centenary celebration of the building took place in 2005. The church building will continue to develop and evolve to serve the needs of members as they strive to serve the name of Jesus in the town of St Ives.

In 2015 the congregation celebrated 200 years of Methodism in St Ives and embarked on a major refurbishment, aptly named ‘Project 200’, to improve the premises for current and future use.

  Through a combination of grants and local generosity, we were able to install a new energy-efficient heating system and make the building more accessible to all, as well as incorporating environmental ideals and the creative arts.

  We now have a base for innovative worship, hospitality, outreach and support for the whole community.